#ScooterGirlCampaign – a chat with Tanyalee Davis

selfie of tanyalee and pippa, smiing at camera

As I’m sure many of you have seen, comedian Tanyalee has had her fair share of public transport issues lately. From being asked to move her mobility scooter to give priority to a passenger with a folding pram, to literally being left on a train when assistance failed to show up, it’s been one thing after the other. Ahead of Tanyalee’s performance at York Fringe, I had the opportunity to chat to her about the status of mobility aids, the tiresome act of arranging assistance, and accidentally beginning an accessible transport movement…

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Powerchairs aren’t just for elderly people

pippa in powerchair looking to right and laughing

If you’re new to my blog, hello and a warm welcome! I’m Pippa, I’m 23, and I have a rather inconvenient chronic illness: you can find out more about me here.

I’ve used a transit wheelchair for the last three years as my mobility has decreased, and I recently made the transition to becoming a powerchair user. I have to say, I’m loving the powerchair life so far (and I’ve shared a little about my own experiences over on my Instagram page), but today I wanted to talk about one of the biggest barriers that held me back from making this decision for so long: self-confidence. View Post

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‘Dear Chronic Illness’… releasing a charity book!

pippa holding up copy of dear chronic illness book, in front of rainbow bookshelves

First things first, PURCHASE THE EBOOK ON AMAZON HERE* OR THE PAPERBACK ON AMAZON HERE.*, or PURCHASE THE BOOK FROM BARNES AND NOBLE HERE. You know you want to…

“Dear M.E,   

If this letter was part of an inspirational movie, I’m sure I would be saying a heartfelt thank you. Dramatic music would play whilst I’d gush about how becoming ill changed my life for the better and helped me discover more about myself as a person, whilst I waltzed off into the sunset with a handsome prince and some kind of small fortune due to a dramatic plot twist. 

Unfortunately, this is not an inspirational movie. Instead of waltzing off into the sunset, I manoeuvre an unreliable wheelchair along a questionably uneven pavement. Instead of finding a handsome prince, I concentrate on finding the most qualified medical professionals to manage my condition… with bonus points if they happen to be attractive, of course. And my plot twist isn’t a small fortune: it’s not knowing if, when or how I will ever get better.” 

– Pippa Stacey. Dear Chronic Illness (Kindle Locations 171-173). Wallace Publishing. Kindle Edition. 

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Reactions To Lady Gaga’s Cancelled Tour Shows How Little We Understand Invisible Illness

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Image by Alchemistsoft (Pixabay)

Lady Gaga is without a doubt one of the most iconic pop legends of our time. Having dominated the music scene and headlined Coachella, given one of the most talked-about Superbowl halftime shows in decades, and of course left a lasting legacy on the world in the infamous meat suit, what could possibly dare to stop her in her tracks? The answer is simple: fibromyalgia. View Post

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